Morning gents I managed to secure this Mk II of Evil Bay early last week for a very decent price it was miss listed as a British combat helmet .
When in fact it was a 1941 dated C.L./C. steel batch code 28 the shell is nicely C/l\ marked as is the chinstrap I was always under the assumption that the 40 dated Mk II's were the hardest to come by as this was the first year of production my understanding now is that the 41 is the rarest of the Canadian MK II's as there was an abundance of helmets manufactured in 40 hence there were fewer produced in 41 I am still looking in to this ?
It is sporting a 42 dated Viceroy liner in a size 7 1/4 IMO the liner has been recently removed as there is evidence of tool marks on the liner retaining bolt and it has been replaced upside down now who ever had the liner out may have replaced it in the wrong position and or it could have been like this for some time as it is not uncommon to see them flipped around on Mk II's but I suspect from the slight discoloration around the nut it was put on in reverse I have a couple of other lids in my collection this has been done on as well and it will be a quick and easy fix once I get it in the mail.
I do rather like the patina and wear and it will be displayed with a very worn and faded two tone net I think they will look rather good together thanx for looking.
Regards Mark K